China launches its most powerful heavy-lift rocket

The Long March-5 is a large, two-stage rocket with a payload capacity of 25 tonnes to low-Earth orbit, the largest of China's carrier rockets.

By: PTI | Updated: November 4, 2016 7:49 am
China, China rocket launch, China rocket, China Long march 5 launch, China satellite launch, Long March 5 According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the developer of Long March-5, the rocket uses two kinds of fuel, kerosene and liquid oxygen as well as liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, rather than highly toxic propellant, making it more environment-friendly and less expensive. (Source: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation)

China on Thursday successfully launched its most powerful heavy-lift rocket which is expected to be used in future space programmes like building a permanent space station and for Moon and Mars missions as the Communist giant seeks to become a major space power. The newly developed rocket called Long March-5 was launched from the coastal Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern Hainan Province. The rocket blasted off at around 8:43 PM local time.

An official of the mission declared the launch a success about 40 minutes later, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The Long March-5 is a large, two-stage rocket with a payload capacity of 25 tonnes to low-Earth orbit, the largest of China’s carrier rockets. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the developer of Long March-5, the rocket uses two kinds of fuel, kerosene and liquid oxygen as well as liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, rather than highly toxic propellant, making it more environment-friendly and less expensive.

It was expected to be used in China’s lunar and Mars exploration programme, state-run People’s Daily had reported
earlier. China announced plans to send its Mars mission by 2020. China had also unveiled the designs of its Mars probe and rover in August this year. The rocket engine development and testing took place at a facility hidden in a valley to the south of Beijing.

Residents living nearby, already used to ground tremors accompanied by deep, explosive blasts, detected a noticeable increase in testing activity in recent years. The new rocket was launched even as China’s experimental
space lab currently orbiting the earth with two astronauts on board.

The astronauts who entered the space lab on October 19 were on a 33 day-long space voyage. China plans to set up its own permanent manned space station by 2022, which could make it the only country to have such a facility in service as the current in-service International Space Station (ISS) will retire by 2024.

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    Balu
    Nov 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm
    Modi to visit Andromeda in a VEDIK AGE BRAHMIN DEVELOPED INTER GALACTIC SPACESHIP. AND IT HAS A SPECIAL ENGINES-OPPOSING PROPELLERS.
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      Kanhaiya
      Nov 3, 2016 at 8:50 pm
      Congratulations to China!
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        Kanhaiya
        Nov 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm
        Indians can PROCURE ROCKETS FROM THE RICKET GRAVE YARDS OF RUSSIA, SI THAT RUSSIA CAN INVEST INDIAN MONEY IN THEIR D AND SELL TEHIR USED FUTURE ROCKETS. SEEHIW FUTURISTIC INDIC INDIOTS ARE.
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          Avinash
          Nov 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm
          India killed 8 simi terrorist and Modi is tumping is 56" chest in pride.lt;br/gt;This achievement is far more better than China.
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            harith
            Nov 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm
            China wants to declare Mars as an integral part of china using its stolen and copy cat techonology
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              Ashok Mazumdar
              Nov 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm
              * Available For Rs.12 in Rajkot, donot scare us*lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Srshu Mod ee
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                Ind
                Nov 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm
                Jai Ganesh Deva. USA is decades ahead of China in space exploration.
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                  David
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                  Good for China.
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